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Health & Beauty Tea Relaxation

Care for Yourself With Tea

Samantha Albala

Tea is a perfect ingredient to include in a self-care regimen. Why? Tea requires attention and care, and is itself a reward. This focus is what makes tea grounding and revitalizing, and in return gives back the attention, care, and reward put into making the cup.

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Culture Tea Field

ALL ABOUT TEA: Pu Erh

Heather Edwards

It is not fresh, but intentionally and carefully aged, sometimes for decades. It does come in loose leaf varieties but generally puerh comes in a compressed form: bricks, rounds, knobs, balls. It always begins as green tea despite its dark color. And, it is a signature tea from the province of Yunnan in mainland China.

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Drinks & Eats Fall Tea

Best Black Tea Flavors for Fall

Mary Ann Rollano

As the nights become a little cooler and the sun sets a little earlier, the onset of Fall is the perfect time to explore the different flavors of black tea. There are a few that stand out as classic favorites. Some of the black teas I recommend here are naturally flavored while others get their flavor simply from their terroir, processing and blending.

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History Learning about the history of Green Tea.

All About: Green Tea

Heather Edwards

It is alleged that it was Shen Nung, the Emperor and herbalist of ancient China (2700 BC,) who first sipped a few leaves that had floated down from a nearby tree into a kettle of boiling water. Those leaves were green, fresh, and their intoxicating fragrance made the emperor curious enough to taste the resulting beverage. That was the beginning of tea drinking in China but it wasn’t until the Tang Dynasty (AD 618-907) that tea became the national drink of China.

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History All About Tea

All About: Oolong

Diana Rosen

Grown in Mainland China since the early Qing era, namely in Fujian (in the north in Minbei, and the south in Minnan) and in Guangdong, oolong teas go by several names: oolong, wulong, Formosa, and by particular varietals or processing styles, like Ti Kwan Yin and Pouchong.

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Health & Beauty Tea Fields

The Facts of Enjoying Hot Tea on a Hot Day

Samantha Albala

Drinking a hot cup of tea may seem like the perfect cozy winter activity, and it is, but that doesn’t mean it also won’t help you survive a sweltering summer day. Science supports tea being an ideal remedy in both seasons due to how our bodies react to internal and external stimuli, and how our natural responses to a good cup of tea make the heat that much easier to endure.

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Drinks & Eats Iced Tea with Lemon

Cold Brewed Iced Tea

Mary Ann Rollano

Cold brewed iced tea is as simple as ‘sun tea’ but better. There’s no risk of microbes developing as the product sits in the hot sun for hours at a time. However, the principle is the same. You’re eschewing the kettle along with the hot water to brew tea.

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Drinks & Eats Coffee and Tea

CoffTea: Enhance Your Friend’s Coffee With Tea

Samantha Albala

Mixing your favorite tea with a BFF’s favorite coffee?! Crazy…maybe even sacrilegious, right? Tea is so magical on its own; it doesn’t need another beverage stepping in (or should I say steeping in), right? Well, maybe not need, but it does spark a bit of curiosity. So why not spend one afternoon mixing high quality flavored loose-leaf teas with high quality single origin coffees?

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Health & Beauty

Yoga Break 11: Let Us Lotus

Natasha Nesic

When someone says “yoga,” the first thing that comes to mind is Lotus pose. t’s the one that can take the longest to achieve, due to how flexible you must be in your hips, knees, and ankles to get into the pose—let alone sit comfortably for the desired length of meditation...

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History

Darjeeling: The First Harvest of Spring

Mary Ann Rollano

Imagine your first cup of Darjeeling tea. The aroma greats you with a soft flowery scent. The taste is delicate with a fruity apricot peach flavor. You have just experienced a tea like no other. Darjeeling first flush spring tea is widely regarded as some of the worlds finest black tea.

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History

Tea Acronyms: What Do Those Words & Letters Mean?

Heather Edwards

What do these initials and words mean? And, why don’t all tea-growing countries use them? Of the more than 35 countries which produce tea, Sri Lanka (Ceylon) and India are the primary users of these designations in all their tea-growing areas to describe broken or full tea leaves, leaf position, and words for their appearance and fragrance.

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Health & Beauty

Yoga Break 10: Release Your Inner Child

Natasha Nesic

Holy cup, Number 10! Since we’ve been focusing so far on strength and stability, now is a good time to add a recovery pose into your yoga arsenal. That’s why we have Balasana, or Child’s Pose. One of the most essential restorative poses, Child’s Pose is a deeply internal experience--even if you’re there for just one breath...

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Health & Beauty

NYC Spring Cleanse Tea & Yoga Workshop

Natasha Nesic

With each stretch and bend, Melissa encouraged us to go deeper within ourselves. Breathe, listen to the funny inhabitants of our bellies. And as organs are wont to do, they responded appreciatively. This was only the beginning of the Spring Cleanse Tea & Yoga Workshop at West End Health & Fitness, held on March 26th, 2017.

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